Our Team

Meet our team of experts, here to guide you through the sometimes confusing world of insurance.

Outstanding service starts with an outstanding team. Meet the professionals behind Affiliated Insurance Services, LLC.

Debra (Debe) Marofsky

President and Insurance Producer

Even though I have been in the insurance industry for over 40 years, I can truthfully say that I am still excited to be part of this very challenging and rewarding industry.  In addition to managing my independent insurance agency, I sit on the advisory board of NSI, a division of West Bend Mutual, for the childcare program, I was the expert insurance consultant for the Red Leaf Press publication of the Family Childcare Legal and Insurance Guide, and I am a past president of the Minnesota Professional Insurance Agents Association.  Additionally, I hold a Certified Professional Insurance Agent accreditation.

Some fun facts about me:

  • What is your favorite activity?  Anything to do with my grandchildren; making costumes, cooking meals or just sitting and watching Mickey Mouse.
  • What is your favorite season?  I can’t pick one! Spring because everything comes to life and Fall because the colors are amazing.
  • What is the first concert you attended?   Peter, Paul and Mary.
  • If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you’d spend your money on?  As a mother of a daughter on the autism spectrum, I would open a child care center for children with special needs.  I even have a name picked out and many details about how it would be designed, built, and run.

Deb Byrne

Commercial Lines Account Executive

I have been in the insurance industry for more than 30 years and have earned the designation of Certified Insurance Service Representative.   Obtaining a comprehensive commercial insurance policy can often be an intricate and confusing endeavor.  It is my goal to assist the business owner or manager with identifying all the risks their company could encounter and assure them that their policy with us will provide the necessary coverage.  I thoroughly enjoy the intricacies of my work and the experience of working with my clients to best serve their needs.

Some fun facts about me:

  • What is your favorite season? Fall
  • What was the first concert you attended? Michael Jackson
  • Where is your favorite place to vacation? My family likes to take a ski vacation each year.

Cheryl Knobbe

Personal Lines Account Executive

My position here at Affiliated Insurance Services is an exciting new aspect of my insurance career. My goal is to work as an integral part of the team and help each client with their unique needs and circumstances. By first getting to know the customer, I can then set about making sure that we provide every customer with the best protection possible. I work specifically with home and auto coverage and I am always happy to help – from new business to policy changes to claims – I’m just a phone call away.

Some fun facts about me:

  • Where is your favorite place to vacation? Hawaii! But that was 20 years ago – I haven’t given up on going back yet!
  • What was the first concert you attended? Styx

Jon Beaudry


I have been in the insurance industry for over 25 years. I worked as a manager at an insurance software company for eight years. I graduated from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. In my current position, I market business, home, auto, and life insurance. I enjoy meeting new people and working with them to solve their insurance needs and building a lifetime relationship.

Some fun facts about me:

  • What is your favorite season?  Autumn
  • Where is your favorite place to vacation? Anywhere that is warm. Florida, Caribbean, Hawaii, Southern part of France, Italy or Greece

Deborah Smith

Accountant/Human Resources

Working in the accounting field for a multitude of clients and companies for many years, I have had the opportunity to learn more about the insurance field than most others. Accounting in the insurance industry requires ongoing communication with all the insurance companies we represent.  In addition to managing the day to day financial operations of our agency, I also handle the human resource functions.

Some fun facts about me:

  • What is your favorite activity? I love finding and watching little known movies, trying to find ones that didn’t make it but absolutely should have.
  • Where is your favorite place to vacation? I love a cruise to any destination!
  • What was the first concert you attended? My first concert was Johnny Mathis. That was more than 50 years ago!

ReNae Bradford

Office Administrator

My position is best described as working behind the scenes, helping to keep the agency’s workflow moving smoothly.  In addition to managing, ordering and purchasing necessary supplies, I assist and often initiate a variety of special projects.

Some fun facts about me:

  • What is your favorite activity? Playing with my grandkids, scrapbooking, and card making.
  • What is the first concert you attended? Elvis Presley
  • Where is your favorite place to vacation? Arizona

Laura Abrams

Marketing and Events

With a background in Marketing and Events Management, I help manage the website, social media, and marketing areas of the business. I also coordinate our participation in a variety of events and tradeshows within the industry, introducing Affiliated Insurance Services to potential customers and clients. As needed, I assist with projects behind the scenes to help our producers and account executives service the customers in a timely and efficient manner.

Some fun facts about me:

  • What is your favorite season? Fall. I love the warm days, cool/crisp nights, and all of the beautiful trees changing colors.
  • If you could own a home in 5 different places, where would they be? My first home would be here in Minnesota because I love living here. My other homes would probably be in London, New York City, San Diego, and somewhere tropical/on a beach, perhaps in Southeast Asia.
  • What is your favorite activity? My husband and I love to travel and try to take a cooking class in each place we visit to learn how to make the local cuisine.

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